Theodore Racing is returning to the 69th Macau Grand Prix (MGP) in pursuit of its 10th victory, partnering with SJM and Blackjack Racing and featuring local driver Charles Leong.
The Theodore team scored success in Macao as early as 1983 with the late Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna. With this year’s Grand Prix again featuring Formula 4, the team will include 21-year-old local driver Charles Leong Hon Chio, who claimed the team’s ninth Macao victory last season. Leong joined their back-to-back Grand Prix winners such as former Theodore Racing drivers Geoff Lees (1979-80) and Felix Rosenqvist (2014-15).
Leong turned his hand successfully to GT racing for Harmony Racing this year in CEC and the China GT series. He returns to his native city “in a bid to become the first three-time winner of the Macau Grand Prix,” entering the race event for the fifth time.
Leong will be partnered by former Pacific F2000 champion Li Sicheng from mainland China, who is a podium regular in Macao. Li raced in the United States F4 Championship before returning to contest the Chinese Endurance Championship.
Li joined Leong on the Macao podium last year at the Shell Helix FIA F4 Chinese Championship. His season-long entrant, Blackjack Racing, is teaming up with Theodore for the first time at the Grand Prix under the Theodore Blackjack Racing banner.
SJM Managing Director Daisy Ho Chiu-fung commented: “We are proud to extend our sponsorship of Theodore Racing, reflecting our longstanding support for the Macau Grand Prix and our historical ties with Theodore.”
She added that “SJM is also the title sponsor of the SJM Macau Roadsport Challenge this year. We believe that the cross-integration of sports and tourism will bring substantial benefits to Macao as a world centre of tourism and leisure.”
The Grand Prix will take place from Thursday to Sunday, The Macau Post Daily reported.